Research into plant propagation techniques has been a long-term activity at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. This research enables the Authority to produce clonal material through cuttings, grafting and tissue culture to deliver the best outcome for display and conservation. This research can then be translated into techniques for commercial production.

Verticordia grandisThrough this research, the number of Western Australian species effectively propagated through cuttings has increased dramatically over the past ten years - the benefits of which are now being delivered in the wider array of species available for display and production.

The development of grafting techniques and combinations for Western Australian species has also identified suitable rootstocks and scion combinations that has allowed a wider range of plants to be displayed in the gardens at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, and used in general horticulture. Grafting is particularly useful for the cultivation of many desirable forms of plants that have weak root systems, are susceptible to soil-borne diseases (such as Phytophthora), are intolerant of different soil pH, or are very difficult to produce through cuttings or tissue culture.

Kings Park and Botanic Garden is now able to display an amazing array of species from such genera as Eremophila, Boronia, Verticordia, Prostanthera, Grevillea, Hemiandra, Pimelea and Diplolaena, which could not be cultivated previously.

Naturescape closed February

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park will be closed from Monday, 1 February 2021 until Tuesday, 2 March 2021.

Concert traffic interruptions

Road and carpark closures will occur in Kings Park and Botanic Garden in February-March 2021 due to concert events.

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Farewell and thank you Grady and Lesley

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) would like to extend a sincere thank you and farewell to two of our longest serving staff members, Lesley Hammersley and Grady Brand who will retire from the Authority in December 2020.

Noongar Boodja Six Seasons is back!

Kings Park Education is excited to open bookings for our 2021 program of Noongar Boodja Six Seasons festivals, a celebration of Aboriginal culture, proudly presented by Fugro.

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